|MIT 9.20 Animal Behavior, Fall 2005|
Instructor: Gerald Schneider Most of the major categories of adaptive behavior can be seen in all animals. This course begins with the evolution of behavior, the driver of nervous system evolution, reviewed using concepts developed in ethology, sociobiology, other comparative studies, and in studies of brain evolution. The roles of various types of plasticity are considered, as well as foraging and feeding, defensive and aggressive behavior, courtship and reproduction, migration and navigation, ...
Keywords: animal behavior; ethology; behavioral organization; human ethology; habitat; sociobiology; mammals; behavioral ecology; naturalists; behavioral evolution; habitat selection; social organization; sexuality; mating; reproduction; animal learning; antipredatory behavior; feeding; foraging; adaptive behavior